TRATTORIA ITALIENNE New York | The best of Northern Italy and Southern France
Both Italy and France share the love for good wine, delicious cuisine, and passion for joyful living. With so much in common, while at the same time so unique, owner and chef Jared Sippel created a concept unlike anything else, blending the best of Northern Italy and Southern France cuisines with a hint of Mediterranean flavors in one place – the Trattoria Italienne.
Located in the trendy Flatiron District, Trattoria Italienne is chef Sippel’s first restaurant in New York City. Upon arrival, the big windows of the facade give you the opportunity to take a glance at the warm and cozy interior, setting up your expectations for a great and delicious experience. As the hostess escorts you to your table, you walk through the first space with small tables and the bar area in juxtaposition with the main dining room.
The interior decor is consistent throughout the restaurant, with rich wood finishes of the panels covering the floor and ceiling, mirroring each other, and the industrial-chic style elements that unify the design as a whole. In a Mediterranean manner, the bar is highlighted with contemporary hexagonal greyscale flooring tiles. The vertical wood shelves, with an oversized art nouveau-style, patterned wall covering behind, hold liquor bottles, enticing you to have a look at the cocktail and wine menu. Large bulbs hanging from thick ropes light up the marble bar countertop, with accompanying comfortable, high seats.
Mimicking the main dining room with banquette type seating wrapped in elegant green leather and wood tables that follows the perimeter of the space, the central column is divided into four booths with adjustable tables accommodating different numbers of guests. Vintage mirrors on the walls with arch framing, reminiscent of the windows, multiply the spatial sensation reflecting the warm light from the wall sconces and candles placed behind the banquette seating. Overall, the seating is spacious, making your dining experience cozy and private, creating a casual but elegant atmosphere.
No wonder, Italian and French cuisines are two of the most popular in the entire world. We all appreciate the tradition during the process of preparation, the importance of quality ingredients and, most importantly, the ritual of enjoying long meals paired with wine, engaging in delightful conversations with family and friends.
Helmed by chef Jared Sippel and chef de cuisine Daniel Lucero, the menu changes each season, and it’s mostly designed to be shared. Starting with a Spritz, a bitter liqueur, or prosecco, combined with Stuzzichini, their traditional bar snacks selection is perfect to spark your appetite. Fresh from the oven comes the Fougasse, traditional Provençal bread in the form of a foxhole and served hanging on a stick. To continue, Per La Tavola, a salad Little Gem Lettuce with Little Gem Lettuce, radish, basil pesto, and 50-year old sherry vinegar, is crunchy, refreshing and super flavorful. The Polpettini, tender pork meatballs placed on top of creamy polenta with a twist of Calabrian chili agrodolce, spices up the palate without overpowering the overall taste. Ask the amazing sommelier to pair it with a light and crisp white French wine, such as Coteaux du Loir, or similar. To continue the culinary journey, the pasta highlight is Spinach Pappardelle, with a Tuscan red-wine beef and chicken liver ragu with lobster mushrooms, which is rich in flavors and yet doesn’t feel too heavy. This dish goes perfect with an Italian red, such as Volpaia Chianti Classico, beautifully lifting the pasta taste. To finish with something sweet and exciting, the Affogato made of fior di latte gelato with aficionado espresso is a perfect blend of delicious ice cream drowned in a shot of intense and dense espresso.
If it is your expectation to have a great time and enjoy, Trattoria Italienne will enhance that feeling making your experience even more memorable. The restaurant also offers Un Voyage D’Italienne, a tasting experience curated by the chef as well as optional wine pairing.